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Glasgow City

Glasgow City is in Scotland. It has a population of around 593,245 and covers approximately 17,000 hectares. Here is a list of nearby or neighbouring counties: East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire.

Located on the River Clyde, Glasgow (Glaschu in Scottish Gaelic) became by the 19th century an important international trading, commercial and cultural centre and the city is now the largest in Scotland. Aside from a few examples, such as the impressive 13th century cathedral, most buildings in the city date from the 19th century and the streets of Glasgow are known for their well preserved Victorian architecture. The famous architect, designer and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed some notable buildings in the city, including the Glasgow School of Art considered to be the earliest modernist building in the world. Among the high profile examples of more recent modern architecture in Glasgow is the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, which includes the Clyde Auditorium that was designed by the architect Sir Norman Foster. The importance of the architectural heritage of Glasgow led to it being named in 1999 the UK City of Architecture and Design.

Glasgow has a rich culture which includes theatres such as the Pavilion and the Theatre Royal, performing arts venues where audiences can enjoy ballet, opera and classical music as well as a vibrant contemporary music scene. There are many parks, museums, galleries, libraries and annual events such as Celtic Connections, West End Festival and the Merchant City Festival, that have programmes including drama, music, comedy, dance, art and film. The city is home to educational institutions such as the University of Glasgow and the Glasgow School of Art, as well as being the location of the headquarters of Scottish media organisations such as newspapers, radio and television. The main cultural and shopping districts are in the city centre and to the west is a bohemian area with restaurants, boutiques and clubs. The redevelopment of areas to the east has encouraged the growth of artists workshops, galleries and studios and to the south there are large parks, golf courses and sports stadiums.

One of the most popular visitor attractions in Glasgow is Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, a Baroque building which houses a large collection including natural history, arms and armour and paintings by Dutch masters, Italian Renaissance artists and French Impressionists. There are works by artists including Salvador Dali, Claude Monet, Rembrandt, and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as a collection of work by Charles Rennie MacKintosh. The Gallery of Modern Art opened in the 1990s and the building housing the collection was originally an 18th century neoclassical town house. Hundreds of thousands of people visit the gallery each year to see work by artists such as David Hockney and Andy Warhol, as well as exhibitions by contemporary Scottish artists and to enjoy a range of arts related activities. The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery is the oldest museum in Scotland and has a large number of zoology exhibits and an extensive art collection including paintings, prints, drawings and water colours. The Mackintosh House contains reconstructed interiors, including original furniture, of the house in which Charles Rennie Mackintosh lived with his wife between 1906 and 1914. Born in Glasgow in the year 1868, Mackintosh created work in the arts and crafts style, influenced the growth of Art Nouveau in Britain, worked in areas as diverse as architecture, textile and furniture design and was a pioneer of modern design.


Campbell Armstrong

(Born 1944 in Glasgow City), Fiction

Armstrong wrote around two dozen novels, many set in his home town of Glasgow. He also wrote his memoirs, published in 2000 called All That Really Matters.

Muirhead Bone, Sir

(Born 1876 in Glasgow in Glasgow City), Etching, Painting

He was known as a Scottish watercolour and drypoint artist and an etcher, although originally he was trained as an architect. His works were mainly landscapes, industry and architecture focusing on urban construction and demolition sites. In 1916 he was appointed as Britains first official war artist.

Dugald Sutherland MacColl

(Born 1859 in Glasgow in Glasgow City), Painting

Dugald Sutherland MacColl was a Scottish watercolour painter but was best known as an art writer and lecturer. One of his works was On The Terrace (1922).

David Murray, Sir

(Born 1849 in Glasgow in Glasgow City), Painting

Sir David Murray was well known as a Scottish landscape painter. One of his notable works was My Love Has Gone A-Sailing which was exhibited in 1884 and purchased by the Chantrey Trustees for the Tate Gallery.

Robert Walker Macbeth

(Born 1848 in Glasgow in Glasgow City), Etching, Painting

Robert Walker Macbeth was known as a Scottish painter etcher and watercolourist, particularly specialising in pastoral landscape.

William Hart

(Born 1823 in Paisley in Glasgow City), Painting

William Hart travelled to America with his family as a child. In New York he was an apprentice carriage painter where he decorated the panels of coaches with landscapes. He returned to Scotland to study for three years before returning back to New York where he opened a studio.